John Danks struck out eight and allowed three runs over six innings in Sunday's win over the Royals.
Danks had just eight strikeouts coming into the game, but he left with the number doubled. The veteran southpaw also walked just one and allowed five hits in what was his best start of the season. Danks surrendered an RBI double to Mike Moustakas in the third and a two-run home run to Alex Gordon in the fourth, but otherwise kept the Royals quiet. He improved to 1-2 with the win. With that start in the books, he now holds a 5.64 ERA and 1.64 WHIP with a 16/6 K/BB over 22 1/3 innings. He'll try to piece together another decent performance when he faces the Twins in his next start.
Pirates prospect Deibinson Romero entered Sunday with a .750 slugging percentage in 13 games for Triple-A Indianapolis.
That leads all International League hitters. He also leads the IL in OPS (1.221) and is third in on base percentage (.471). The 28-year-old has hit .458 during his six-game hitting streak. Romero has logged over 3,000 minor league at-bats in his career. If Romero can keep up this torrid pace, 2015 might be the year he finally reaches the big leagues.
Rangers prospect Hanser Alberto smashed three hits Saturday in a win for Triple-A Round Rock.
It's Alberto's second multi-hit effort in his last three games. Alberto has always been an excellent defensive player but his bat has kept him in the minor leagues. If he can keep hitting at his current .283 clip, the Rangers should be able to find a place for him.
David Wright (hamstring) will ramp up baseball activities on Monday as he continues his recovery from a strained hamstring.
Wright will take ground balls at third base and do some light running to test out his legs. If he comes through that without issue, he could soon be cleared for a minor league rehab assignment. He's on track to rejoin the Mets in early May.
Astros prospect Colin Moran went 5-for-8 Saturday with eight RBI in a doubleheader for Double-A Corpus Christi.
That RBI total represents more than half of Moran's season output. Moran has raised his average from .180 to .254 over the last three games. This marks Moran's second year in Double-A after hitting .304 in 28 games for Corpus Christi in 2014. The 22-year-old and former first-round draft pick is still looking for his first home run of the season.
Francisco Rodriguez notched his third save of the season Sunday in the Brewers' 6-3 win over the Cardinals.
Rodriguez delivered a perfect ninth inning, getting Kolten Wong to ground out and Peter Bourjos and Tony Cruz to fly out on just 10 total pitches. It was career save No. 351 for K-Rod, whose fantasy stock should rise rapidly as the Brewers work out of their early-season rut.
Bob Melvin was ejected from Sunday's game against the Astros for arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Quinn Wolcott.
It's the first ejection of the season for the A's skipper. He raced out of the dugout and certainly got his money's worth before eventually getting the heave-ho from Wolcott.
Mike Fiers held the Cardinals to two runs -- one earned -- over four innings Sunday in a no-decision.
Fiers flirted with great danger all afternoon, yielding nine hits and two walks over his four frames. But the St. Louis offense couldn't capitalize. Fiers is 0-3 with a 5.79 ERA and 1.93 WHIP in 18 2/3 innings this season. He gets the Cubs on the road next.